Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will lead the Indian challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships 2023 scheduled to be played at the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Indoor Hall, Al Nasr Club in Dubai from April 25 to 30.
The Badminton Asia Championships 2023 is the 40th edition of the tournament and will be held for the first time in the Middle East. Matches will be live streamed.
Besides PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, the other top Indian badminton players to compete in the singles category include HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen.
The men’s doubles challenge will be led by Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty while the young pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly will headline the women’s doubles event.
PV Sindhu, who reached the women’s singles final of the Madrid Spain Masters 2023 earlier this month, is seeded eight in the singles category. HS Prannoy is also seeded eight in the men’s singles category. In the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are seeded sixth.
As per the draw, world No. 11 PV Sindhu will face Chinese Taipei’s Wen Chi Hsu in the opening match. Saina Nehwal, ranked 29, will play a qualifier in the first round. Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap will also be in fray in the women’s singles category.
In the men’s singles, world No. 9 HS Prannoy will take on Myanmar’s Phone Pyae Naing in the first round. Lakshya Sen, world No. 24, will be up against seventh seed Loh Kean Yew of Singapore. World No. 23 Kidambi Srikanth will play his first-round match against Bahrain’s Adnan Ebrahim.
In the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who claimed the Swiss Open crown, will open their campaign against Malaysia’s Tan Kian Meng and Tan Wee Kiong. In the women’s doubles, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly will play Lanny Mayasari and Ribika Sugiarto of Indonesia in the first round.
Live streaming of the Badminton Asia Championships 2023 matches will be available on Sony LIV in India as well as the Badminton World Federation’s official YouTube channel.
The Badminton Asia Championships matches will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 1 HD channels in India from the quarter-finals onwards.
HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth,
PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap
Main draw: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila
Qualifiers: PS Ravikrishna/Sankar Prasad Udhaykumar
Main draw: Gayatri Gopichand/Treesa Jolly, Ashwini Bhat K/Shikha Gautam
Qualifiers: Ashna Roy/Haritha Manazhiyil, Simran Singhi/Ritika Thaker
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